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Bang For Your Buck

If you’ve ever wanted to cheer for an outdoor entertainment area, tomorrow’s your chance.

Former Westporter John Martin’s construction project — a yard with an amazing outdoor kitchen — competes against 2 other (probably much less cool) outdoor entertainment areas.  Watch all the action on HGTV’s “Bang for Your Buck” (9:30 p.m.).

John now owns Straight & Level, an award-winning residential construction and remodeling firm in Austin, Texas.  Tomorrow’s show features a stunning outdoor kitchen created for the Willis family.  The kitchen is surrounded by beautiful terrain-scaping and plantings, with a custom copper fountain embedded into the outer wall.  (Click here for photos.)

The HGTV show highlights the effects of remodeling on sales prices.  A real estate agent and designer examine John’s renovation, and 2 other outdoor areas in Austin, all with similar budgets.  John’s is the only one without a pool — mildly ironic, as he was a medal-winning swimmer at Staples.

I don’t know what the judges will say.  But based on photos like this one, I’d bet the house on John.

Part of John Martin's kitchen -- see it all tomorrow on HGTV.

Part of John Martin's kitchen -- see it all tomorrow on HGTV.